Justices place time capsule in Nathan Deal Judicial Center

In a brief ceremony last week held by Georgia’s appellate courts, a time capsule was installed at the Nathan Deal Judicial Center, signifying the conclusion of that particular building project.

Supreme Court Chief Justice David E. Nahmias in addition to Court of Appeals Vice Chief Judge Amanda H. Mercier placed the capsule behind a commemorative bronze plaque.

The capsule includes items from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in a 16x12x8-inch metal box. “The placement of this time capsule commemorates the completion of a project that broke ground in August 2017 and was dedicated in a ceremony on February 11, 2020,” Nahmias said.

Mercier added, “We have put in face masks, hand sanitizer, and Zoom photos to remind our successors of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and how our judiciary overcame the many, many consequences. But we’ve also included sentimental tokens, like challenge coins and gavel pencils, all of which represent our traditions and unwavering commitment to the rule of law.” 

Also included in the box is a letter, written by Nahmias to a future Chief Justice. “I pray that, despite the passage of a century or more, you still feel blessed to be Georgians and Americans, that your lives still benefit from the tremendous opportunities offered here, and that your fellow citizens understand the important place the highest court in their state holds in its life and spirit,” he wrote. 

The Nathan Deal Judicial Center is named for the former governor, who served from 2011 to 2019 and secured the funding and legislative support for its construction. The center is the first in the history of Georgia that is devoted wholly to the judiciary.

In December 2019, Georgia’s two appellate courts – the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals – moved into the building. The Georgia Statewide Business Court is also located inside the center.

As the building was designed and constructed to last 100 years, the center is a six-story, 215,000-square-foot building in walking distance of the state Capitol. Its structure contains remnants of the white Georgia marble from the Georgia Archives building, which had previously stood in its location, as well as marble mined from the North Georgia town of Nelson.




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